call for speakers

  • 10 Jul 2024 1:53 PM
    Message # 13380464
    Sheila Ballard (Administrator)
    The Society for Women
    and the Civil War

    Call for Presentations
    The Society for Women and the Civil War proudly hosts its annual conferences focused upon the lives of women living and serving in both the United States and the Confederate States. For each year’s conference, we invite professional and amateur historians, scholars of all genres, members of the Society, and members of the public to join us in celebrating women’s contributions to our country's history during the Civil War and its aftermath, showcasing original and innovative research.
    SWCW’s 2025 conference will be held in
    San Antonio, Texas, July 25 - 27

    The Society invites proposals for presentations examining the lives and contributions of Civil War-era women at local, regional and national levels. Proposals for presentations regarding all relevant topics which further our knowledge and understanding of these women, to include the life-styles, milieu, material culture, arts and skills of the mid-nineteenth century, will be welcomed for consideration. Topics which address the lives of women – Confederate, Unionist and/or neutral - in the American West are particularly welcome for this conference.

    Mara Wagner and her children, Galveston, Texas, 1863
    DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University


    Potential speakers should submit by electronic means:

    • A synopsis of the presentation, of at least one (1) page, but not more than three (3) pages. The synopsis must indicate why the presentation is relevant to the conference. It must also include a description of visual and physical aids used to illustrate and highlight the presentation, and specify the technology required to use the aids.
    • A bibliography of the sources used, with an emphasis on the primary sources.
    • A personal biography of not more than two (2) pages, including a listing of credentials, prior presentations (if any), publications (if any), and contact information. Links to online presentations made previously are considered quite useful. This should not be construed to discourage amateur historians or first-time presenters.

    Presentation Requirements:

    • To the fullest extent possible, the use of quality graphics and images are encouraged.
    • Presentations should be of approximately one-hour, followed by a 15-minute Question and Answer period.
    • If the proposal is selected, the slides for the presentation should be prepared and submitted in PowerPoint.

    Submissions will be evaluated principally upon the following criteria:

    • Originality of the topic.
    • Relevancy of the topic to the lives and efforts of women during the Civil War era and its aftermath.
    • Quality of research, particularly the use of primary sources.
    • Quality of the presentation, including the use of visual aids.
    • Presentation ability of the speaker.
    • Anticipated attendee interest level for the topic.
    Please send submissions,
    and any questions or inquiries, to 
    ATTN: 2025 Conference Speaker Proposals

    All submissions must be RECEIVED 
    by November 1, 2024

    In December 2024, the Society will contact
    all those who have provided proposals.

    Presentation submission indicates willingness to speak
    if selected by the SWCW conference committee.


    Those chosen to make presentations will receive complimentary conference participation, including access to conference presentations, field trips, displays, social events and meals. Complimentary lodging for the Friday and Saturday night of the conference will be provided for speakers. Speakers will also benefit from conference and general publicity provided by SWCW and its partner organizations. Those selected who have published books on Civil War-era and women's history subjects are invited to set up tables for book sales and signings – without fee. Speakers will also be provided with a one-year courtesy membership in SWCW for the following year. Speakers are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the conference.


    Information provided by the speaker will be included in the conference binder. The speaker will also be invited to contribute to a follow-on issue of the Society’s scholarly journal, At Home and in the Field. Conference presentations may be videoed for later television broadcast.
    To learn more about the Society for Women and the Civil War, visit our website:
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